Thrift Store Decor is a makeover challenge that gives something thrifted a new lease on life.
You surely recognize these type of gift tins that are abundant after the holidays. I have a box full because I can't bear to part with them....you know I might need them sometime, like if I have 5,000 people I want to give cookies to next year.
If you go to any thrift store at any time of year these unloved tins are plentiful, and I'm going to do a copy cat project on mine.
I'm not going to merely spray paint them and call them repurposed. Nope, I've had my eye on something my friend Angie from Knick of Time made from actual old pans.
Only problem - I didn't have any old bake ware.
Funny how things work out too..... I spent my weekend clearing worn out shoes and purging cabinets in our mudroom. There in the corner was an old spindle that has been waiting for a project to come to mind for ohhhhh I don't know how long, two years maybe?
The man with the tools was whipping up some shelves for a couple cabinets and on his way out he decided today was the day to grab the spindle and take it to the garage.
Four hours later he was bringing it back in the house so I could decide where to cut it for my project.
I picked the spindle up at the ReStore for two bucks and it was about 3 1/2 feet tall before it was cut down to the sizes I wanted.
It turned out to be so darn close to the one Angie used that I decided it was fate that I had one of her projects on my radar.
Under the white paint there even happened to be black, but simply sanding it down was another story, it absolutely wasn't originally painted with an easily sandable paint.
Spell check is telling me sandable is not a real word. Hmmm.....
I took the two round tins and paired them with a thrift store vintage aluminum platter.
I collect this type stuff and often it is listed on Ebay or Etsy for ten dollars and more, but I find it at thrift stores and garage sales for usually a couple bucks.
This particular one has an anvil trademark for Farberware from Brooklyn, N.Y..
I gave it a coat of Fusion Mineral Paint in black and wiped it back off so some of the silver showed. I needed it to look a bit aged if my tin tree was going to resemble the one Angie made.
The base coat is metallic Bronze from the Matthew Mead Studio line of Metallics. I find the more layers of different colors of metallic paint that go on, the more aged something looks in the end result.
I only used one paint brush, hoping if there were bits of other colors on it they would blend in.
Next I painted on more of the black, and over that went some of the stainless steel and a few touches of the silver. I dabbed the paints on and off using the brush and a paper towel till I had the metal patina I wanted.
Above you can see one tin with just the bronze and black and the other as I've started to age it with the stainless steel and silver.
To hold it all together double sided screws were used, and the little wood knob on top was glued on with E600.
Check the links below to see which bloggers are participating in the January Thrift Store Decor, and click over to see their makeovers.
To see my past projects for Thrift Store Decor click on the links below.
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